Ever wondered why your teenager is hooked on TikTok? You’re not alone in that curiosity. TikTok has become a cultural phenomenon, especially for Generation Z. The app is flooded with a constant stream of new content, some of which gains momentary popularity. However, alongside this, there’s a whole set of slang phrases unique to TikTok that has found its way into everyday language.

It’s common to associate trendy slang with Gen Z, TikTok, or popular culture. Yet, it’s crucial to recognize that many of these expressions have their roots in African American Vernacular English (AAVE).

Let’s explore some of the TikTok slang phrases that your kid might be using, not just on the app but across various social media platforms. I’ll provide translations for parents so you can stay in the loop and understand what your child is actually saying.


Ever spotted the corn emoji and wondered what’s up? Well, it’s not about vegetables; it’s a sneaky way to say “porn” because it rhymes. There’s also a whole corn star and corn industry lingo.

⬛️ 🟧

Those black and orange blocks? They’re the TikTok way of referencing Pornhub, matching the primary colors of its logo.


When your teen mentions being an “accountant,” they might be signaling their gig as a sex worker or OnlyFans creator. It’s a clever cover, given that people don’t usually ask too many questions about a supposedly dull job.

P ⭐️

Combine the letter P and a star emoji, and voila! You’ve got “porn star.”


Wanna talk about “sex” without triggering algorithms? Use “seggs” or even “s🥚s” to keep things under the radar.


No, it’s not just about dressing nicely. “Preppy” on TikTok refers to a specific aesthetic involving girly, bright-colored clothes and popular brands. Think of it as a more refined and “basic” version of the preppy style.

Leg booty

Instead of spelling out LGBTQ, youngsters use the phonetic phrase “leg booty.”

Spicy eggplant

If you see a spicy eggplant, spelled out or with the 🍆 emoji, it’s a subtle way of saying “vibrator.”


Short for “godd**n,” GYAT expresses excitement or approval, especially when encountering a well-endowed derriere.


Think of “cheugy” as the Gen Z version of “basic.” It’s used to describe older folks trying a bit too hard or being out of touch.


Found in many TikTok comments, “bestie” isn’t just about a best friend. It’s a formal way to address strangers, like giving advice to a fellow TikToker.

Credit card slam

Ever felt like shouting “shut up and take my money”? This trend involves banging on a table while handing over a credit card, symbolizing the urge to buy something without checking the price.

It’s the for me

Used in conversations to express love or disdain. For example, “It’s the early mornings for me” could be met with, “It’s the Zoom calls for me.”

Say sike rn

Today’s version of yelling “SIKE!” when someone says something unbelievable. “Say sike rn” means “tell me you’re joking.”

You’re wrong but go off

A sassy way to acknowledge someone’s incorrect opinion but letting them continue anyway.


A definitive closer to a statement or conversation, indicating it’s over. The final “T” adds emphasis.

Vibe check

Instead of asking “How ya been?” your kid might throw a “Vibe check?” to assess your mood. Passing the vibe check means you’re easy-going and fun.

We stan a queen/king

To “stan” someone means being a fan. Saying “We stan a _____ queen/king” is a compliment, showing support for someone deserving.

It really do be like that sometimes

A TikTok way of saying “it is what it is” and accepting life’s ups and downs.

Simp nation

A “simp” is someone going the extra mile for their crush but ending up in the friend zone. “Simp nation” is a collective term, often used as a cautionary warning.